Creation Ministries Internationalby David Catchpoole
Smiling broadly, the middle-aged gentleman extended his hand and shook mine warmly. So I was somewhat taken aback when he said: â€œI disagree with just about everything youâ€™ve said today.â€
This was immediately following my CMI presentation1 at his church. As we sat down to talk, it soon became clear that this gentleman, Alfred,2 had a problem with my emphasizing that the Bible can be trusted as an accurate account of history.
â€œThe Bible is a book about morality and salvation, itâ€™s not a history book,â€ he said, going on to relate his view of what Jesus and Christianity is all about. He didnâ€™t seem to be anchoring any of what he said about Jesus to what is written in the Bibleâ€”in fact, even contradicting aspects of Jesusâ€™ teaching. Just then, a lady from the congregation, whom Alfred introduced as his friend Glynis3, came and asked if I could respond to some questions. She commenced, â€œIâ€™ve seen all those pictures of Noahâ€™s Ark in childrenâ€™s books, where thereâ€™s not even enough room for the giraffesâ€™ necks inside the Ark. So how could Noah fit in the dinosaurs and all the other animals?â€
I replied that the childrenâ€™s book drawings do not portray the Arkâ€™s true dimensions as God described them to Noahâ€”140 metres long, 23 metres wide, 13.5 metres high, with three decks.
Alfred interjected, â€œThatâ€™s only if you read the Bible a certain way.â€ But Glynis was apparently satisfied with my answer, for she continued: â€œIâ€™ve another question that really confuses me. Adam and Eveâ€™s children, Cain â€¦ who did they marry?â€
I asked Glynis why Adam had named his wife â€œEveâ€. Glynis didnâ€™t know, but Alfred piped up, â€œIt says in Genesis that it was â€˜because she would become the mother of all the livingâ€™. But thatâ€™s only if you interpret it the way he [pointing to me] does.â€
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